Board Of Directors

Scott D. Stowell
HAA Board Chair 2017-2018 & Executive Chairman of the Board

CalAtlantic Group, Inc.

Scott D. Stowell serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for CalAtlantic Group, Inc. one of the nation's leading publicly traded homebuilders. Stowell was instrumental in the creation of CalAtlantic Group Inc. which was formed through the merging of industry icons Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group, Inc.

For almost three decades, he has contributed to the achievements that distinguished Standard Pacific Homes as an industry leader. Stowell was named Director, Chief Executive Officer and President in January 2012. He was named President in March 2011. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer from May 2007 to March 2011, President of the Southern California Region from September 2002 to May 2007 and President of our Orange County division from April 1996 to September 2002.

Stowell's distinguished academic career includes graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in Organizational Communications. He obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California at Irvine.


Adrian Foley
Chief Operating Officer & Western Region President

Brookfield Residential, Southern California

Adrian Foley President, Brookfield Homes, Los Angeles COO, Brookfield Residential, Western Region As the President of Brookfield Homes Los Angeles, Adrian Foley is responsible for strategic planning oversight and management direction for the Los Angeles Group, one of the most creative and dynamic homebuilding teams in Southern California. His current emphasis is to manage the company’s unique blend of development opportunities, continue to expand the company’s presence in California’s rapidly growing Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange County regions, and to maximize the potential of this team of extremely talented individuals.

Prior to joining Brookfield Homes Los Angeles in 1996 Foley held the position of Senior Development Manager for Taylor Woodrow Homes, where he played a major role in the development of numerous award-winning neighborhoods in Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. Born and raised in England, Adrian holds a BS degree in Building. He has been married to his wife, Lisa, since 1990 and they have one son, Austin.


Alexis Parker
Executive Director

HomeAid San Diego

Alexis joined HomeAid San Diego in 2007 as the Executive Director. Since she came on board, HomeAid San Diego has built 15 homeless shelters that provide housing annually for more than 2,000 folks. Utilizing the building contacts and resources of the HomeAid organization, Alexis has been able to garner over $1.5 M in donations for these projects. She has been instrumental in expanding the outreach of the Housing Development Program and establishing HomeAid San Diego as one of the community leaders in developing housing to shelter the entire spectrum of homeless in San Diego County.

Prior to joining HomeAid San Diego, Alexis was the Marketing Director of Fujitsu’s Financial Services Division for North America for 15 years. During her tenure she was an integral member of the team that landed the largest contract win in the Division’s sales history.

Alexis has her Masters in Marine Geology and worked as a researcher in micropaleontology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


Bert Selva
President & CEO

Shea Homes

Bert Selva is president and CEO of Shea Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in America operating in nine states. Shea Homes was awarded Builder of the Year Award by Professional Builder Magazine and named one of America’s Best Builders by Builder Magazine.

Bert holds a Business degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Bert was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation Hall of Fame in 2010 and received CEO of the Year by Builder and Big Builder magazines. Bert also received the Hearthstone Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award, which included a $100,000 donation to the charity of his choice.

Bert is currently an Executive Committee member of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, member of St. Ignatius College Prep Board of Regents in San Francisco and National Vice President, MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association)/Augie’s Quest. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for HomeAid America.


Bette Moser
Executive Director

HomeAid Houston

After a 20+ year career in banking, Bette made the transition to non-profit in 2005, as HomeAid Houston's first executive director. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to a $1.5 million charity, with 44 projects completed, serving 5000 homeless men, women and children annually. In 2009, Bette was chosen as a Houston Chronicle "Woman on the Move" and, in 2016, a Houston Business Journal "Woman Who Means Business". A graduate of San Diego State University, Bette moved to Texas 25 years ago and now considers Houston "home". Bette is the mother of two grown sons, Tyler and Robbie, and enjoys living in downtown Houston with her Labrador, Maggie.

Chad Crow
President and Chief Operating Officer

Builders First Source

Mr. Crow joined the Company in September 1999, and has held several roles with increasing responsibility, including his current role as President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2009, Chad Crow was named as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Crow joined the Company as Assistant Controller and was promoted to Vice President – Controller of the Company in May 2000. Prior to joining Builders First Source, he served in a variety of positions at Pier One Imports, most recently as Director of Accounting. Prior to Pier One, Mr. Crow spent five years at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Crow is a C.P.A. and received his B.B.A. degree from Texas Tech University.

Cheryl O’Connor
Executive Director

HomeAid Northern California

After serving on the Board of Directors of HomeAid Northern California for over 4 years, Cheryl stepped into the leadership role as Executive Director of HomeAid Northern California in 2011. Most recently, O’Connor served as Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area and Regional Chairman of the BIA in 2008. Cheryl has thirty-five years of experience in marketing and selling new home communities in Northern California. In her career, she has held senior level management positions with Summerhill Homes, Warmington Homes, Taylor Woodrow, Ponderosa Homes and The O’Brien Group. Cheryl is a green building and affordable housing advocate and is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license. She also serves on several Boards including Build it Green, HomeAid America and STAND! For Families Free of Violence.


Chuck Stein
President & CEO

Environmental Stoneworks

 Chuck Stein has been the President and CEO of Environmental Stoneworks since 2009. Prior to that, he worked for Owens Corning for 12 years where he held several senior management roles including: VP Marketing, Building Materials; President, Cultured Stone; and President, Services and Solutions. He has over 20 years’ experience in the building materials industry. Stein earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Dan Hanson
Chief Retail Production Officer

loanDepot

Dan Hanson’s mortgage career encompasses more than 30 years of experience on a national scale. As the National Builder and Retail Executive for Directors, Norwest, Wells Fargo and Countrywide Home Loans, he is widely recognized as a national retail leader. Currently, Dan is the Executive Vice President, National Production for imortgage that will fund over $7 billion in purchase loans in 2015. In addition to Dan’s professional resume he is an active Board Member of several national charities: HomeAid America, Free Wheelchair Mission and HOPE International.


Dave Kosco
AIA, Senior Principal, director of Design

Bassenian/Lagoni Architects

As Director of Design, Dave leads the firm’s architectural efforts. Day to day his keen eye and refined sense of space lead to innovative new housing solutions for clients across the country. With more 30 years of experience in the residential arena, Dave combines a wealth of knowledge with excitement and energy to craft highly marketable, livable architecture. As relationship manager with a number of our builder-developer clients, Dave proves an astute listener and interpreter of their needs. In addition, Dave leads the practice’s charrette process – a week-long design session that provides clients with creative input and expedited completion of new plans and elevations. As Senior Principal, Dave helps develop talent in the design department. He mentors junior staff members and provides design input on nearly every domestic project. His passion for housing enthuses staff and clients alike. His expertise extends to the industry as a whole as well; Dave is an active member of the American Institute of Architects. He has devoted his time and talent to charitable efforts as well, leading the design on numerous HomeAid Project Playhouse submissions. At both the International Builders’ Show and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Dave is often a featured speaker. A licensed architect, Dave has been with Bassenian Lagoni since 1986. He received his degree in architecture from Kent State University. He is licensed in California, Arizona, Nevada and Massachusetts.

David Ellis
Executive Officer

Charleston Home Builders Association

David Ellis, CAE joined the Charleston Home Builders Association as Executive Vice President in May 2017. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and has served over 25 years as an executive with local building industry organizations. David has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the best new Executive Officer in the nation and was honored in 2003 as NAHB’s Executive Officer of the Year. He is a past President of the Home Builders Association of Georgia Executive Officers Council and the NAHB Executive Officers Council. In 2014, he was recognized by the NAHB Professional Women in Building as the Executive Officer of the Year. He serves as a Board member for HomeAid Atlanta, HomeAid America, the Housing Institute, the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, the Georgia Society of Association Executives and the Southface Energy Institute. David graduated cum laude from Furman University with a B.A. degree in History. He has been married 26 years and has two beautiful girls, Lila (12) and Ansley (9).


David Mariner
President and CEO

Boral Industries, Inc.

David joined Boral in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO of Boral Industries Inc. in July 2016. Prior to that David was Executive General Manager of Boral Building Products for Boral Limited in Sydney, Australia. He was previously Chief Operating Officer for the Cladding division at Boral Industries Inc. Through his career, David has performed a variety of management roles at Boral and Holcim as well as outside the building products industry with Daimler Chrysler and Detroit Diesel. David holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Business Administration from Clemson University.

Elena Bennett
Senior Vice President

Wells Fargo Bank

 Ms. Bennett manages Wells Fargo’s institutional homebuilding group that delivers banking services to both publicly traded residential homebuilders and a select group of larger, regionally focused private homebuilders headquartered across North America. Ms. Bennett’s career has spanned over 25 years in the financial services industry with the majority of her time spent in real estate. Prior to joining Wells Fargo she held a variety of banking and investment banking roles with national and money center banks focused on real estate lending and capital raising in the Western U.S. including Bank of America and Bank One. Ms. Bennett has a BA in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her professional and personal affiliations include HomeAid America, the Building Industry Association, Boy Scouts of America and the Presbyterian Church, USA.

H. Lawrence Webb
Chief Executive Officer

The New Home Company

Larry serves as Chief Executive Officer for The New Home Company. As founder and CEO, Larry leads the company’s overall vision, strategic planning and policy making. Larry’s 30 years of success in the homebuilding industry are distinguished by a conscientious approach to helping his clients and employees, and by giving back to the communities in which he builds. This includes his many charitable commitments such as serving on the boards of HomeAid America and Interval House.

Throughout his career, Larry has been honored and recognized by the industry for his philanthropy, marketing excellence and visionary leadership. He holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. Larry has been invited to teach classes in the real estate field at the University of Southern California; University of California, Irvine; Harvard University and Cornell University. He regularly delivers keynote addresses at national conferences for organizations such as the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Homebuilders.


James Hecht
Executive Vice President, Strategic Development

Stearns Lending

James brings more than 20 years of mortgage banking sales, operations and strategic partnership expertise to his current position with Stearns. As a member of the Executive Management Team, James is responsible for leading and growing strategic production channels such as Consumer Direct, Builder, Credit Union Partners, and our Marketing and Recruitment teams.

James received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree for Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, School of Business Administration.


Jeff Meyers
President

Meyers Research, A Kennedy Wilson Company

As a President of Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, Mr. Meyers brings over 25 years of experience in which time he founded, built, and sold the largest market research company serving the US Homebuilding Industry, The Meyers Group. At its height, The Meyers Group grew to 21 offices and over 200 employees nationwide.

Jeff specializes in on-going advisory services and manages all consulting assignments for several top ten public home builders through his direct involvement with land acquisition strategies, product development, segmentation, and positioning. Highly regarded as an industry expert for real estate trends and issues, Mr. Meyers is quoted frequently in several national publications including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. His recent speaking engagements include the National Association of Home Builders Council, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the Southern California Building Industry Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Meyers is highly accomplished and regarded as the leading expert on residential trends in the real estate market.


Jeff Roos
Regional President, West Region

Lennar Homes of California, Inc.

Jeff is responsible for overseeing the homebuilding operations in the West Region. Jeff joined Lennar in January 1996. He started and managed Lennar's Orange County Division, which was the foundation for Lennar's expansion in California.

Jeff has been involved in the homebuilding and construction industry for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Lennar, Jeff headed Bramalea California, Inc. and was responsible for the homebuilding activities, financial restructuring and subsequent sale of the company's Southern California Division to Lennar in 1996.

Jeff helped found the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation in 2001 which serves as a financial vehicle to assist homebuilders with the opportunity to help meet our country's significant homeless problem and allows homeowners to provide funds to support organizations that assist the transitionally homeless.


Joe Tavarez
Senior Vice President

First American Title Insurance Company

Joe Tavarez is Senior Vice President of First American Title Insurance Company’s Homebuilder Services Division where he develops and manages all First American homebuilder business nationwide, including administrating service levels, overseeing all sales, and production of new business and products.

Tavarez began his career in the financial services industry with positions at C.I.T. Corporation, Commercial Credit Business Loans, and GlenFed Mortgage. Beginning in 1990, he served as President of Spring Mountain Escrow and later, its sister company, Pioneer Savings and Loan. Tavarez worked at WMC Mortgage Company and Fidelity National Title Company in similar capacities prior to joining First American in 2000.

Tavarez received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is active in the Building Industry Association, Rancheros Visitadores and El Viaje de Portola and serves on the boards of HomeAid America and the Lott Award.


John Monacci
Executive Vice President

TRI Pointe Homes

Over his 26 year career in the residential homebuilding industry, John Monacci has held a number of executive positions in all aspects of homebuilding management. He has profit and loss responsibility for operations that have exceeded $100 million in revenue for 5+ years.

Currently, he is Executive Vice President for Winchester Homes, Inc, a Bethesda, MD based subsidiary of The TRI Pointe Group, Inc. He is currently an active board member of HomeAid Northern Virginia, a non-profit that builds and renovates homeless shelters and transitional housing for Northern Virginia care providers who serve homeless families and individuals. As a leader, Monacci has served on this board for the past 11 years, serving as Board President in 2011. He received the organization’s President’s Award in 2014. He is an active Board member of the Evan Foundation, an organization which funds research for Pediatric cancer. John is the President of the Oak Hill Reserve Homeowners Association and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Reston, Virginia

He received a B.A. from Providence College, a Graduate Legal Certificate from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University

John lives with his wife and daughter in Oak Hill, VA.


Jon Dartt
Vice President of Sales

Delta Faucet Company

With more than 29 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, including 22 years at Delta Faucet Company, Jon brings extensive knowledge to his role as vice president of sales. Previously held positions within Delta include, vice president of trade sales, vice president of sales strategy as well as sales manager. Jon has served on several industry advisory committees to assist wholesalers, plumbers, builders and K&B dealers drive their strategies forward. Jon is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He enjoys golfing, bicycling and spending time with his wife and three sons.


Jon Jaffe
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Lennar Corporation

Jon is responsible for overseeing Lennar’s homebuilding and land operations in the California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado markets. He is also responsible for new business and strategic growth initiatives for the company. Jon has been with Lennar for over 30 years starting in 1983.

Jon has served as Vice President and Chief Operating Office since 2004. From 1997 to 2004, he was on the Board of Directors of Lennar. Jon was responsible for various aspects of Lennar’s Florida operations until 1995. At that time he relocated to California to lead Lennar’s entry into the western United States. He was responsible for successfully acquiring and integrating over 20 homebuilding and development companies, in the western United States.

Jon graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a degree in architecture and continued with graduate studies in Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives in California with his wife, Karen, and his three kids, Alec (23), Zachary (21) and Kyle (20).


Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs
Executive Senior Principal, President & CFO

Lifescapes International, Inc.

Executive Senior Principal, President and CFO of Lifescapes International, Inc., Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs has been active in the construction industry since 1975. Her 40 years’ experience is focused on guiding, managing and seeing the growth of the results-oriented landscape architectural firm. She is a frequent guest speaker, lecturer and author on design and marketing-related issues for the industry. A graduate of Cal State University, Sonoma, Julie is actively involved in organizations such as Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers and is cofounder of HomeAid Orange County and HomeAid America (the national board) and is active on the Executive Committee. She is also a board member of the Southern Nevada HomeAid chapter.


Karen Mendelsohn
Senior Vice President of Marketing

Mohawk Industries

Marketing strategist Karen Mendelsohn serves as senior vice president of marketing at Mohawk Industries. In this position, Mendelsohn is responsible for the overall creation and implementation of marketing strategies to drive dynamic new growth across Mohawk’s North America Flooring businesses. Mendelsohn stepped into her role as chief marketing leader of Mohawk North America Flooring in 2016 with a wealth of experience in corporate and operations planning, brand development and management and eBusiness strategy. A 30-year veteran of the building products industry, Mendelsohn earned an MBA from Columbia University and spent more than 15 years in strategic sales and marketing leadership at Masco, a supplier of brand-name building products and services. Before that, she was vice president of marketing for 12 years at Delta Faucet Company. Mendelsohn is the 2014 City of Hope Spirit of Life Honoree, the hardware/homebuilding industry’s highest honor. She serves on the executive council of City of Hope, is on the board of directors of HomeAid America and is a founding board member of the Homebuilding Community Foundation.

Karen Robertson
EVP, Regional Manager

Fidelity National Title Group

Karen Robertson, Esq. has focused on growth initiatives and forward thinking in the title industry for more than 15 years. Working her way from the ground up, Karen’s background includes various title, underwriting, and management roles. She now oversees national commercial and builder operations in California and Seattle as Senior Vice President, National Operations Manager at Fidelity National Title. Karen works with her team to tailor Fidelity’s services to each client’s unique needs. “We believe in the value of personable and attentive service,” she states. “Our objective is to act not only as a preferred vendor, but as a trusted partner in our clients’ businesses. Every person on my team operates with that mindset; it’s unique, and it translates into a better client experience,” says Karen. She holds a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Real Estate and is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

Katherine (Katy) Gnapp
Head of Commercial Real Estate Banking, Managing Director

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch

Katy Gnapp leads the client management team responsible for delivering a broad set of financial solutions to professional commercial real estate investors serviced by the Commercial Real Estate Banking (CREB) division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Based in Chicago, Katy has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, related subsidiaries, and predecessor institutions since 1982 serving the commercial real estate industry.

She is past President of the Real Estate Lenders Association and a member of the Real Estate Networking Trust, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Katy also serves on the Board of HomeAid America.

Katy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.


Ken Balogh
President and CEO

Ashton Woods

Ken joined Ashton Woods in 2009 as Executive Vice President - Operations for Dallas, Houston and Phoenix, and was soon promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer for the entire company. Prior to Ashton Woods, Ken worked for 16 years with Centex Homes, serving in every financial position up to Vice President of Finance, along with other senior executive roles in Land Acquisitions, Entitlement and Development, Division President and Regional Executive Vice President. Ken graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Finance

Laura Brayman
Executive Director

HomeAid Colorado

Laura has worked in human services for 30 years. She has served as Executive Director for HomeAid Colorado since 2002. During this time she has overseen the development of 50 housing units for the homeless, leveraging partnerships with home builders, trades, suppliers, homeless service organizations, state and local home builders associations and municipalities across the state. Prior to her experience at HomeAid she was employed in the field of developmental disabilities by Martin Luther Homes and REM Services.

In 2004 Laura was awarded the Leadership Award from HomeAid’s National office and Board of Directors. She is a past recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Denver Professional Chapter and 2013 received on behalf of HomeAid Colorado the Service Organization of the Year Award for National Philanthropy Day.


Ray Osborne
Executive Director

HomeAid Inland Empire

Ray Osborne has been the Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE) since 2011. He assumed that role after serving on the Riverside-based non-profit organization’s Board of Directors for three years. Ray Osborne brings more than 40 years of administrative and marketing experience to his role as Executive Director of HomeAid Inland Empire. He was the principal owner of an advertising and marketing company for more than 15 years, and a regional sales and business development manager for a Southern California real estate sales and marketing company for nearly 10 years. Ray has also been a vice president of sales and marketing for home building companies in Southern California, Raleigh, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon. In addition, Ray was the President of Southern California’s Inland Empire Sales and Marketing Council (SMCIE) in 2002, and received that Council’s Industry Leader of the Year Award in 2000. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Desert SMC from 2005 to 2008, and the Baldy View BIA from 2008 to 2010.

Ronald J. DeFelice
Of Counsel

Jackson Tidus

Ronald J. DeFelice is a real estate transactional lawyer with expertise in a broad array of real estate matters, including leasing, financing, acquisition and disposition of all types of real property. Mr. DeFelice has represented purchasers and sellers in transactions involving shopping malls, apartment projects, office buildings, industrial and commercial property and raw land and has represented lessors and lessees in office, commercial and industrial lease transactions. He has extensive experience in residential real estate development, including representation of master-planned communities in sales of parcels of entitled land, as well as representation of merchant builders as buyers of land for development. In addition, Mr. DeFelice has represented both lenders and borrowers in a variety of lending transactions and workouts. On a pro bono basis, Mr. DeFelice has represented a charitable organization in the negotiation and documentation of numerous Development and Disposition Agreements for the acquisition of real property from public agencies.


Scott Larson
Executive Director

HomeAid Orange County

Mr. Larson is the Executive Director of HomeAid Orange County.

Larson has more than 29 years of professional experience in the non-profit and building industries. He has received an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree from Biola University and certificate in fundraising from the UCI.

Larson is a strong leader of homeless initiatives in Orange County and serves as the Chairman of Orange County’s Commission to End Homelessness and has previously been a Commissioner for the Housing and Community Development Department of Orange County. Larson is also a director with Front Porch a network of not-for-profit communities offering a range of senior living levels of care and affordable housing and Board President for Aragon Affordable Housing which developed the Irvine Inn a single resident occupancy affordable housing community. He has also recently joined the board of directors for Innovative Housing Opportunities, a developer of affordable housing.


Sheryl Palmer
Chairman, President and CEO

Taylor Morrison Home Corporation

Sheryl Palmer is the president and chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading national homebuilder and developer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since 2007, Ms. Palmer has overseen a highly experienced leadership team in several key national homebuilding markets. With more than 25 years of hands-on building experience, including leadership in land acquisition, sales and marketing, development and operations management, Ms. Palmer has been able to lead Taylor Morrison into the top ranks of American’s largest public homebuilders, following the company’s IPO in 2013. Currently, Ms. Palmer is implementing a new business strategy focused on expanding the company’s U.S. footprint. As part this initiative, Taylor Morrison sold its Canadian business to Mattamy Homes in late 2014. In 2015, Taylor Morrison successfully acquired JEH Homes in Atlanta, Georgia and the Chicago, Charlotte and Raleigh divisions of Orleans homes, marking the company’s entrance into four new major metropolitan markets. In 2016, Taylor Morrison also acquired Acadia Homes another homebuilder in Atlanta. Ms. Palmer has spent most of her career in the Arizona, California and Nevada real estate markets. Prior to Taylor Morrison, Ms. Palmer was a division president at Blackhawk Corporation, a builder of active adult communities based in northern California. In addition, she served with Pulte Homes for more than five years, beginning in the Phoenix market and ultimately serving as Nevada area president, supervising all aspects of operations for its Del Webb and Pulte communities.

Steven M. Friedman
Chief Financial Officer

Walton Development and Management (USA), Inc.

Steve is the Chief Financial Officer of Walton Development and Management (USA), Inc., a member of the Walton Group of Companies (“Walton”). Walton is a privately held, multinational real estate investment management and development group, focused on the research, acquisition, administration, planning and development of strategically located land in major North American growth corridors. Walton has some 97,000 acres of land and $4 billion in assets under management and administration and currently is managing more than 20 development projects in the United States.

Prior to joining Walton in July 2015, Steve retired after a long and distinguished career as a principal with Ernst & Young (“EY”), the professional services firm. Steve ran EY’s homebuilding and land development practice, the largest of any professional services firm, for more than a decade.

In addition to his role as a member of the Board of Directors of HomeAid America, Steve is a board member and chair of the audit committee of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.


Tom Farrell
Director Business Development

Landmark Capital Advisors

Tom Farrell is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of real estate finance experience across most geographies and layers of the capital stack. He is currently Director of Business Development for Landmark Capital Advisors located in Newport Beach, CA. Landmark sources debt and equity for residential and commercial real estate projects across the U.S. Prior to Landmark, Tom was Director of Real Estate Finance at Bellstone Capital Advisors, a boutique investment-banking firm that sources debt and equity for real estate developers and homebuilders, primarily in California. Before Bellstone, Tom was with Sabal Financial Group where he was the Director of Home Builder Finance, providing non-recourse A&D and construction loans to homebuilders nationally. Prior to Sabal, Tom was at Bank of America for 25 years in a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Commercial Real Estate Bank. His last position at Bank of America was Division Executive in charge of the Home Builder Division, which was the largest provider of financing to homebuilders nationally with over $13 billion in commitments. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a member of ULI, NAHB, CBIA, HomeAid America (Chairman), and the Cornell University Real Estate Council.

Staff

Peter Simons
Chief Executive Officer

HomeAid America

Peter Simons joined HomeAid America as CEO in March of 2013. Prior to joining HAA, Mr. Simons spent 20 years as a homebuilder, the bulk of it with Beazer Homes, one the nation’s ten largest homebuilders. Mr. Simons’ roles at Beazer included Colorado Division President (at which time he served on HomeAid Colorado’s Board of Directors for over ten years), Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Beazer’s Corporate office in Atlanta, and initially as Director of Operations for Lokelani Homes, the Hawaii Division of Beazer.

Mr. Simons graduated from the Yale School of Management in 1989 with an MBA. Before earning his MBA, Mr. Simons worked on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for five years, serving as Sr. Legislative Aide to Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. Mr. Simons earned a BA from Yale University in 1982, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Robin Arnett
Chapter Development Director

HomeAid America

Robin Arnett began her career in the building industry 20 years ago at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Orange County, home to HomeAid’s first chapter. She left the BIA and became the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia, an affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She took that experience to NAHB as a Regional Field Representative before starting at HomeAid America 12 years ago.

Robin’s role at HomeAid is to work with the chapters to improve operations and to implement the HomeAid Shelter Development Program. Robin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from Chapman University.

Susan Blen
Stewardship Director

HomeAid America

Susan began her career as a Social Worker at St. Peter’s Home for Children in Memphis, Tennessee. She counseled children and their parents with the objective of reunifying families. Susan transitioned her Social Work skill set to an expertise in relationship building to HomeAid America in 1999 and for the past 16 years has dedicated herself to the organization. As Stewardship Director, Susan is responsible for growing HomeAid’s Corporate and Foundation donor base while stewarding relationships into long-standing donors.

Susan received her Social Work Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and has a Principals and Techniques of Fundraising certificate from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Lynn Tadlock
Finance Manager

HomeAid America

 Lynn began her career with McGladrey & Pullen, CPA’s, a national public accounting firm, where she worked with companies spanning a variety of industries doing both software consulting and accounting services. The excellent experience gained with McGladrey enabled Lynn to start a private accounting practice where she served multiple manufacturing companies in the private sector for the next eleven years. She joined HomeAid America in 2002. Lynn sits on the Board of Directors for Gold Rush Cure, a childhood cancer advocacy Foundation in Orange County, and One Step Ministry which serves homeless single parent families in South Orange County as well as those at risk of being homeless. Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from California Baptist University.

Chapter Spotlight

Taylor Morrison and HomeAid Build Homes for Veterans at Volunteers of America

Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer, has teamed up with HomeAid and Volunteers of America to help remodel six apartment homes in Sacramento for veterans and their families. (One veteran shown above with HA Sacramento Executive Director Beth Kang)..More

Donor Spotlight

CalAtlantic Homes Makes Major Donation to HomeAid America

CalAtlantic Homes has joined HomeAid America’s Corporate Partner program at the Gold Level. In addition, as pictured above, the company participated in HA Orange County's Essentials For Young Lives program by building a house made of diapers that was later taken apart and distributed to hundreds of families with young children...More

Community Outreach

HomeAid Portland Partners with CBRE on CareDay

Over 20 volunteers from CBRE Portland came out to Community of Hope shelter in St. Johns to build a deck, clean up the garden boxes, spread mulch and plant flowers.  HomeAid's Portland Chapter organized the effort to improve the living space for residents of Community of Hope. ..More